Hospital Food

@Modestah (11195)
United States
February 8, 2008 11:18am CST
What is your opinion of Hospital Food? I happen to think our Hospital food is actually pretty good! When ever we go to the military base near us, if the timing is right we like to stop by the hospital cafeteria and get a lunch - they always have a nice selection catering to different dietary needs and the prices are fantastic. I've only been disappointed in the flavor once or twice - once was a shrimp scampi that oddly had no flavor. Now, when you are a patient the food may not taste as nice because you are ill, or your diet is restricted from what would normally please your pallet - Even as a patient in this hospital I have been pleased with the foods. They cook it all there from scratch, I think that makes a huge difference in the outcome.
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
8 Feb 08
The hospital where I had my daughter had really good food. They gave me a choice of what I wanted at each meal. It was kind nice. When I had my son 7 years before at a different hospital the food sucked and they didn't give me a choice of what I wanted.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I had all mine (except for the one born at 26 weeks) by c-section, so not able to have that initial celebratory meal. But, with my last one they allowed me to have that meal a day later which was nice. It was steak and shrimp with a nice pilaf and steamed (not mushy) veggies. . . a glass of perier. It was very tasty and would have been somewhat romantic if my dh decided to join me with it! lol. such a nice meal subjected to eat by oneself.
@lightningMD (5937)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Actually my daughter is in the hospital right now. The food isn't fantastic but it is pretty good. They give us one free meal ticket for each meal while we are there,but the prices are really cheap. The free meal tickets have really helped us out.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I am sorry that your child has to be hospitalized, my son was for nearly a year when he just turned 14. Those food vouchers really did help out when we were driving over 3 hours each way to the hospital. one hospital he was at even gave us some money to help with the gas. God bless those people at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.
• United States
20 Feb 08
our hospital's food has greatly improved. i was there quite a few times as a kid and it was bland and tasteless. when my mother was admitted not too long ago,i was amazed at the change.everything looked fresh and actually appealing. i was happy they made the change because i was afraid she'd have to eat awful food while she was there.
@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
9 Feb 08
Hi Modestah, I've only ever had one stay in hospital, after smashing my skull on an ice-rink years ago. Interestingly, this was also in a military hospital, but the food was just the same as was served in the military messes on the base at the time, because the hospital used the same kitchens as the messes. (I believe the term "Mess" is synonymous with "Canteen", just different terminology for the same thing from different parts of the Empire). All I can remember was the ice-cream thick-shakes that the nurses brought me - I don't know which was more fun, the thick shakes or the nurses. There's nothing better than a nurse in uniform - no, wait, they all wore uniforms...
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
9 Feb 08
The hospital food at our small, local hospital is actually very good. Most of the employees go down and eat the food (in hospitals that I have been associated with in the past, folks brough their own lunch!) and believe it or not, many people from the community eat there. It is a popular dining spot on Sundays after church. They always have 2-3 different meats, a slew of veggies, a great salad bar, and a short-order grill. They also sponser the Weight Watchers in town and have various options available with the points named for the items. They have great homemade deserts too!
@cobb1121 (126)
• United States
9 Feb 08
When I gave birth to my twins I was in the hospital for a week and I really enjoyed the food. I even ate food that I normally don't eat! Everyone talks about how gross hospital food is but I liked it.
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
9 Feb 08
If you mean in the cafeteria of the hospital..well yeah i have tried eating there..not really great but it suffices me i guess...but if your referring on food on patients serve inside the hospital..then i guess it depends on the kind of room you are admitted ...if its ward then expect the worsts..
@jcj_111776 (3221)
• Philippines
9 Feb 08
It depends on the hospital, modestah. I once worked at the dietary hospital of a government hospital. And they are in charge of the patients food and food being sold at the cafeteria. And I have to give two thumbs up to the persons responsible for cooking them. Because they make hospital food as if they are being served in a well-known restaurant. They taste not only so good but they are also served warm. I say warm because I had the experience from a hospital, where my son was hospitalized before, of being given food that were not so warm anymore. They also doesn't taste good at all even if there's no dietary restrictions given by the doctor. And they look so bland and unappetizing. When my mother was hospitalized at another hospital, she was given food that was swimming in oil when the doctor ordered that she must have less salty and less fatty food.
• United States
9 Feb 08
ewww i hate hospital food. The hospital here has nouthing good besides their salads. I hated when I had to stay in the hospital. I just wanted to starve but No they said I have to eat. I wish I could have gotten mcdonalds the whole time but I was broke so no mcdonalds
• Philippines
9 Feb 08
Well there are times that I did like hospital food. But most of the time I disliked the soups they served! It was a little bit cold for a soup! Other than the soups, I pretty much did like some food they served. Haven't been a frequent visitor at the hospital so all i can say is that my experience wasn't that bad. Just the soup! Hehehe! It's awful!
@zinsser (17)
9 Feb 08
something you can't because you are ill. but taste something different is also a wonderful experise
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
9 Feb 08
I used to work at a place that caters for hospitals and nursing homes. The hospital food was different from the nursing home food but it was great. We supplied quiche (vegetarian and quiche lorraine) and they were both awesome. My mouth waters just remembering the smell while they were cooking! We also made mashed potato, which was the best mashed potato i've ever tasted, mashed pumpkin which was not bad, roast potatoes (sometimes dodgy but not bad again), roast pumpkin (good) mashed broccoli (for the special diets) which was suprisingly tasty, if you're a broccoli fan. Um...mashed carrots which was yum too. We also made desserts such as cherry bread and butter pudding, baked egg custard, lemon meringue pie and creamed rice. All this food made me think that hospital food is alright from where I'm from!
@34momma (13918)
• United States
9 Feb 08
i am one of those crazy people who just so happen to love hospital food. i don't know why, but i love it. i remember my grandfather always telling me that i had to come see him when he was in the hospital so i could eat his food and the doctors would think he ate it.
@VampAmber (308)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I've only ever stayed in a hospital once, and all the food was pretty much hit-or-miss. Most of it was absolutely delicious, but a few things were completely disgusting. It was those few things that made me understand all the jokes about bad hospital food. Heck, there are times I wish I could go back to that hospital, just to eat the meals (it's way too far away from my house to do that).
@lala766 (243)
• United States
8 Feb 08
When I was in the hospital having my children the food was actually pretty good. Now that could be because I had long labors and was darn near starving once I was able to eat lol ..when I had my son I had yummy cheese cake. The stir fry I had was yummy as well. The food I had was not made from scratch. They were frozen meals
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
8 Feb 08
One hospital near where we used to work had a wonderful cafeteria where my coworkers went every night for dinner when we were on the swing shift. When first invited to accompany them, I thought they must be crazy, but went along with the group. Whoa! The food was awesome and wonderfully inexpensive.
@tinkerick (1257)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Actually my experience with hospital food has been quite pleasant. When I had my tubal done I was sent home with 2 bags of frozen homemade soup. Both were very good! And when I was hospitalized for 2 weeks, I found the meals were actually pretty decent - and it was nice being able to custom order what you wanted for every meal and then be served it! (although my 1st week there is still kind of foggy) -Tink
@missjackie (1323)
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8 Feb 08
It depends on what hospital it is. And their location. If the hospital is in a bad area, the food tends to be really bad. In Philadelphia, the really good neighborhoods tend to have better hospitals. So, their food is much better.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Fortunately I don't know how our hospital food is. I have never tried in since my son was born thirty years ago! I did read an article though where some hospitals were hiring chefs to improve the taste and quality of their food for both the patient and the employees. Seems now there ia almost a contest to see which hospital can serve tasty meals!
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
8 Feb 08
There are a few hospitals in my area but I've only been to two where I've actually had to eat the food. One of them had THE best food I've ever had in a hospital. It always looked and tasted like it came from an upscale restaurant. The other place...well all I can say is it was edible!